Wild Moments brings readers face to face with the North's incredible fauna, through accounts by the best of contemporary nature writers. Their stories transcend the mere hunting-and-fishing or natural history narrative. The book's 33 selections showcase different species and capture wild animals in their essence: the magic and unpredictability, the humor, the pathos, the offbeat, bone-and-gristle, the smell of blood and the softness of fur.
While these essays are rooted in landscapes known intimately by only few people, each touches upon universal themes -the desires and dilemmas, fears and choices that spring from our tangling with wildness. Above all, they remind us what is at risk of being lost.
Michael Engelhard has authored and edited several books of nature writing, most recently, Redrock Almanac. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, he migrates between the Colorado Plateau and Alaska, where he works as a wilderness guide. His interests range from whales to voles but encompass the wild side of Homo sapiens.